Russian President Vladimir Putin at the video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping pledges Chinese support for Russia as pressure mounts on Vladimir Putin over Ukraine

  • The Chinese leader said the two sides must step up joint efforts to protect their interests in a video call with his Russian counterpart
  • Putin was the first world leader to say he would attend the Winter Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing in February

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
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